Board of Directors

  • Kim Richmond

    Kim Richmond, ASMAC President

    Jan 1, 14 • 1830 Views • Board of Directors

    KIM RICHMOND is based in Los Angeles and works as a freelance musician, doing studio work, shows, and various jazz  and classical venues. His reputation is primarily as a doubling saxophonist (most often lead alto saxophone, doubling on flutes and clarinet)....

  • Charles Fernandez, 1st Vice President

    Jan 1, 14 • 2042 Views • Board of Directors

    Composer Charles Fernandez, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and an award winning composer, has been composing for television, film and stage since 1989. Specializing in animation, he’s written for shows such as Bonkers, Doug, Toonsylvania, Casper...

  • Gayle Levant, 2nd Vice President

    Jan 1, 14 • 1122 Views • Board of Directors

    Gayle Levant began her musical studies at the age of three on the piano. At the age of eleven, she was introduced to the harp, and took to it instantly. Following orchestral training at USC and UCLA, she played with the Debut Orchestra under Michael Tilson...

  • Marlene Hajdu, Treasurer

    Jan 1, 14 • 1544 Views • Board of Directors

    Marlene Hajdu works as a composer and orchestrator in Hollywood. She composed music for the 74th Annual Oscar Awards for a special presentation given by the Kodak company, and the documentary, Marion’s Triumph, which won the 2004 Library Review award....

  • Elliot Deutsch, Secretary

    Jan 1, 14 • 956 Views • Board of Directors

    Elliot Deutsch is an award winning arranger and composer. He received first place in the 2012 ASMAC/Bill Conti Big Band Arranging and Composing Competition for his version of “Pure Imagination.” Deutsch was also awarded a 2013 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer...

  • John Altman, Board of Directors

    Jun 13, 13 • 3726 Views • Board of Directors

    John Altman began his musical career at age 3 with Judy Garland at the London Palladium! Commencing his recording and live career as an in-demand saxophonist in the late 60s he has performed with all the major figures in music over the last few decades,...

  • Cooper Appelt, Board of Directors

    Jun 12, 13 • 43 Views • Board of Directors

    Born in Texas, Cooper Appelt now lives with his wife in Los Angeles while maintaining a full schedule of performing on upright and electric bass, recording, and writing music. While in Texas, he recorded and toured nationally and internationally with Texas...

  • Dave Black, Board of Directors

    Jun 11, 13 • 562 Views • Board of Directors

    Dave Black received his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from California State University, Northridge. He has traveled around the world with a variety of entertainers and shows, performing and recording with such artists as Alan King, Robert...

  • Brad Dechter, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Jun 9, 13 • 2803 Views • Board of Directors

    Brad Dechter is an orchestrator, arranger, composer, saxophonist and teacher who has been a professional musician since 1971 and an active participant of the Hollywood recording industry since 1981.  A native of Los Angeles, he grew up in a musical family in...

  • Ian Freebairn-Smith, Board of Directors

    Jun 8, 13 • 2587 Views • Board of Directors

    Ian’s life has been dedicated to music in its many forms, from classical to popular, jazz, choral music, and new music. He has extensive experience as a composer and conductor in film and TV, and is a Grammy Award-winning arranger. His formal training in...